We are preparing our next catalogue which should be online by end of June 2013, and will feature some exceptional early printed books, including the following fine incunabulum of Bartholomaeus Anglicus' famous medieval encyclopedia, De Rerum Proprietatibus.
De proprietatibus rerum
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1492.
Second Koberger edition.
A fine and and rare incunable edition of Bartholomaeus Anglicus's great medieval encyclopaedia. The work is the most extensive compilation of all scientific knowledge available in the 13th century, and was avidly read by fifteenth-century scholars, and
Bartholomaeus, a Franciscan born around the turn of the 13th century, is believed to have studied at Oxford. De proprietatibus rerum was written ca 1245 at the school of Magdeburg in Saxonia and intended for the use of students and the general public. The work is organized in 19 books, whose subjects, in order, are God, angels and demons, the human mind or soul, physiology, of ages (family and domestic life), medicine, the universe and celestial bodies, time, form and matter (elements), air and its forms, water and its forms, earth and its forms including geography, gems, minerals and metals, animals, and color, odor, taste and liquids.
Other highlights of the forthcoming catalogue include:
Florence, heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1520.
Folio. Text in Greek.
With splendid woodcut head-pieces and initials printed in red.
Beautifully printed Second Edition of the most extensive dictionary of classical Greek extant, prepared by the Greek scholar Antonio Francini.
Compiled in the fifth or sixth century AD, Hesychius's dictionary was first printed by Aldus in 1514.
[Missale Ambrosianum] Missale s[e]c[undum] more[m] s. Ambrosii
Milan, G. A. Scinzenzeler for G. G. da Legnano, 20. Sept. 1522.
Folio. A complete exemplar of this exceedingly rare post-incunable Milanese Missal for the use of the Ambrosian rite. Printed in red and black throughout; beautifully iluustrated with a fine title-woodcut, two full-page and numerous smaller woodcuts in the text; most pages with charming historiated woodcut head-pieces in top margin; extensive printed musical notations in text.
[Incunabula] JACOBUS PHILIPPUS DE BERGAMO
Venice: Bernardinus Benalius, 15 Dec. 1486.
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION of Jacobus de Bergamo's popular world chronicle, first printed by Benalius in 1483. Profusely illustrated with a large woodcut of the Creation of Eve on a1r, two superb half-page woodcuts of the expulsion from Paradise and Cain slaying Abel, and 72 smaller woodcuts of town views of various sizes. Hans Fürstenberg copy wirh his leather booklabel.
[Incunabula] JUAN DE TORQUEMADA
Summa de ecclesia contra impugnatores potestatis summi pontificis. [with] LXXIII quaestiones super potestate et auctoritate Papali ex sententiis sancti Thomae Aquinatis
Lyons: Johannes Trechsel, 20 Sept. 1496.
Folio. Two parts in one volume.
Scarce Second Edition (first printed in Rome, 1489) of this important late medieval treatise on the church defending supreme papal authority by the eminent Dominic theologian, Cardinal Juan de Torquemada, uncle of the most infamous Spanish inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada. Written in 1453, the work consists of four books dealing, respectively, with the nature of the church, the papal office, the general council, and schism and heresy. This is the first edition to also include (with a separate colophon) a collection of excerpts from Thomas Aquinas concerning the papal power.
[Incunabula] BERNARDINO DE BUSTI
Rosarium sermonum. (With additions by Illuminatus Novariensis and Samuel Cassinensis)
Hagenau: Heinrich Gran, for Johannes Rynman, 1500.
Large quarto. Two parts in one volume (each with its own title and colophon).
A very pleasing copy of of the Second Edition (first printed in Venice, 1498), fully and attractively rubricated and with opening initials to each part illuminated (in blue against burnished gold ground bordered in in red and green), and bound in a very attractive 17th-century blindstamped alum-tawed pigskin. This vast and influential collection of sermons and various related preaching material by de Busti (ca. 1450-1513), a prominent Milanese Franciscan, is important for (among other things) a detailed and quite interesting treatment of "superstitions" in Sermon 16, including discussion of divination, magic and witchcraft. The work is also a significant example of late medieval antisemitic literature: it includes a number of sermons directed against the Jews, and fols. 87v-95v contain the Consilium contra Judaeos compiled at request of Duke of Milan.